We’ve partnered with the Community Resource Center to receive donations to help provide home essentials for our new neighbors as they go through the resettlement process. Necessities like cooking supplies, hygiene items and cleaning supplies are critical to helping our new friends feel welcome and comfortable in their new home in Nashville.
Interview with Megan McGuire, Director of Partnerships and Events, Community Resource Center
“At the Community Research Center, we provide basic essentials to our most vulnerable neighbors here in middle Tennessee, both in times of disaster and in seasons of ongoing need. When we heard that the Afghan resettlement process was happening or was starting, the folks, the team at nights reached out to us to see if we had any capacity to partner together, particularly on the materials management side of things.
So think of those in-kind donations pots, pans, plates, which is what we do every day. A lot of people know us in that in natural disasters. But to us, this was very much a community crisis. So we, of course, said yes and agreed to be sort of that central point where all of the donations could come. And so behind me, you see shelves that are filled with everything that you might need to turn a house into a home.
So towels, sheets, pots, pans, plates, silverware, you name it, we’ve got it. Thanks to our amazing community partners and partners from Nice and Earmark and others who very quickly said we want to jump in and help. And so our role in this process has been to receive those donations, sort them, organize them, and then package them when a family gets moved into housing.
And so we get the call from the housing team at night when a family has moved from temporary into permanent housing. We find out how many people are in the family or that unit. We find out their age. We find out what their needs are, and then we do sort of a version of supermarket sweep. We pack up everything that that family or that group might need and add some extra where we can.
So we’re going to do all of those household items. But then things like hygiene, household cleaning products, trying to give at least two to three months worth of all of those items so that these families know that their neighbors and their community here in Nashville are really excited that they’re here and want to be a part of that process of welcoming them and giving them the tools that they need to thrive in this new community.